Fresh fun at the Provo farmers’ market

Laura Fox, Photo Editor

 

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Saturday morning Provo is bustling with weekend shoppers, summer students and families, all enjoying the first warm days of the summer months. At Pioneer Park the water fountains are on and crowded with soaking wet kids, wild with excitement and uncertainty of where the next fountain of cool water will rise up—and if they can catch it.

 

The sidewalks of the park are lined with white tarps, and the smell of freshly made food from the numerous mini kitchens flow through the air. Conflicting the appetites are a pizza truck—where they make their own sauce and toppings with fresh herbs and cheeses—along with stands serving tamales, salsa, waffles, fresh bread, and tacos just to name a few.

 

There are also many vendors with fresh garden herbs, organic eggs, spring vegetables, and early fruits like cherries plucked from the trees in their yard. As the season progresses so will the abundance of fresh locally grown produce. Some booths have vegetable starts ready to plant in the garden, sparking even the brownest of thumbs to give gardening a try.

 

Other vendors display crafts such as bright cotton purses, scarves, glassware, hair accessories, stained glass, and even a princess themed booth. Some booths invite customers to try new things.

 

The Provo Bicycle Collective is a volunteer based organization that teaches the community how to fix up bicycles, organizes community rides, and sells bicycles that the organization has recycled.

 

Mid morning, the whole market is filled with the whimsical music of accordions, flutes, or the twang of an old guitar, played by artists for tips. The farmers market is unique to Provo because of the community. There are a wide variety of people offering various services and products, which makes the market a haven for diversity. This diversity can be found throughout the market and can be an enjoyable experience for people of all ages.

 

The Provo Farmers Market is held each Saturday at Pioneer Park located at 500 West Center Street. It starts in June and runs through October from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

When visiting the Provo Farmers Market, the best parking is located directly across the street east of Pioneer Park in the Covey Center parking. There is a crossing guard to help with the busy street on Fifth West.

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